Benefits Of Top Bay Leaf

By Moureen N

Top bay leaf is a plant that you would never want to eat due to its bitter taste. But this plant has great health benefits.

There are many species of bay leaves around the world. Due to their worldwide distribution, different varieties of bay leaves have different uses and medicinal values. People use bay leaves in cooking to harness their strong aroma. Their unique flavor adds a special zing to dishes. One species of the bay leaf is the Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis). It is native to Asia.

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Bay leaves have proven to be extremely useful for treating a variety of ailments. Chefs, mothers, and herbalists have harnessed the medicinal properties of bay leaves for millennia. It is only now that science is beginning to understand why bay leaves effect the body in such a way. To supplement the generations of folk wisdom and the use of herbs, more scientific study is often needed in the field of herbalism and plant benefits. 

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A compound in bay leaves called parthenolide helps treat migraines. The bay leaf also contains eugenol, a chemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve toothaches. As well as being anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, people claim that bay leaves have antiseptic properties. They help the body process insulin more effectively and stabilize blood sugar levels. The astringent, sweat-causing, digestive, and laxative properties of bay leaves and their berries make them useful in herbal medicine. Bay leaves are used to treat headaches, stomach aches, fungal infections, ulcers, rheumatism, and colic.